2009 - 2010
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
At the top of the show, in 1840 St. Petersburg, Missouri, fourteen-year-old Tom Sawyer fishes one morning. His friends join him for a quick game before school. Later, Tom tricks the schoolmaster into letting the students have the day off. When Aunt Polly finds out about the prank, she orders Tom to whitewash the fence in front of their house as punishment. Tom plans to run away but instead he meets the beautiful new girl in town, Becky Thatcher, and there are immediate sparks.
Tom's best friend, Huckleberry Finn, says that painting the fence looks like fun which gives Tom an idea. Ever the schemer, Tom tricks his friends into painting the fence for him.
That night, Tom and Huck visit the local graveyard and they witness Injun Joe, a local troublemaker, fighting with Doc Robinson. When the fight escalates to murder, the boys run away and swear in blood to keep forever quiet about what they saw. An innocent vagrant is blamed for the murder and arrested. In desperation, he pleads with Injun Joe to save him from hanging. Joe agrees to help, but wants a map leading to a treasure in exchange. At the trial, Tom stands up and tells the truth about who committed the murder. Pandemonium ensues.
To the children's delight, school ends for the summer. Tom learns that after weeks of secret tutoring by Widow Douglas, Huck has finally learned how to read. During the annual town picnic festivities, a group decides to explore McDougal's Cave. At that moment, Injun Joe arrives - with a plan - to go into the cave to find Murrell's gold.
Unexpectedly, Tom and Becky lose their way in the cave and a frantic search begins. Unforeseen complications arise when Injun Joe discovers them. Thankfully, they eventually escape from the cave, safe and sound.
Back in St. Petersburg, the children are presumed lost. Tom, Huck, and Becky limp into town and realize that they're watching their own funeral! When the children are discovered, very much alive, the entire town goes wild with happiness and celebrates.
Artistic Director: Bob Lackey
Musical Director: John McGovern
Choreographer: Bonnie Bowie